Local News

  • McCluen evasive about another run for DA

    The Office of District Attorney General for the Ninth Judicial District will be on the ballot in 2014.

    Former District Attorney General Scott McCluen was non-committal recently when asked if he’s planning to run for the office again.

    “I heard that he might,” said Kingston attorney Chris Cawood, an old adversary of McCluen. “I really don’t think he’ll do any better than he did last time.”

    McCluen was elected district attorney general in 1998. He ran for re-election in 2006, but lost to Russell Johnson.

  • Maggie’s Place OK’d for county beer permit

    The Roane County Beer Board approved a beer permit for Deborah Violet on Jan. 29.

    Her permit is for Maggie’s Place at 3015 Harriman Hwy., north of Harriman.

    According to Tennessee real estate records, the property is owned by Tony Clough.

    No one showed up at the meeting to voice approval or disapproval of the permit.

    Violet, whose address is listed as 181 Tacoma Road, Oak Ridge, was asked a few questions by board members.

  • Woody changed mind about ethics bill

    A bill that would have exempted members of the Roane County Planning Commission from filing statements of interests to the Tennessee Ethics Commission has been withdrawn in both the state House and Senate.

    Roane County Executive Ron Woody said he asked state Rep. Kent Calfee and state Sen. Ken Yager to introduce the bill in their respective chambers.

    “And I asked them to pull it,” Woody said.

    The bill was withdrawn in the House and Senate last week.

  • Fleischmann predicts big payoff for state in Y-12 uranium facility

    A lot of people were thankful when Volkswagen decided to build a production plant in Chattanooga.

    “Not only will Chattanooga be forever changed, but our entire state will reap great benefits from the new suppliers that this facility will attract,” U.S. Sen. Bob Corker said in 2008.

    Imagine the equivalent of nine Volkswagen plants coming to this area.

    U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann  said that’s what will happen because of the Uranium Processing Facility at Y-12.

  • Lawyers cited for free work

    Roane County attorneys Dick Evans and Jack H. “Sandy” McPherson were recognized by the Tennessee Bar Association for their pro bono work in 2012.

    Pro bono legal services are done for free.

    “It’s something you ought to be doing anyway,” Evans said. “I like helping people out.”

    Evans and McPherson have law offices in Kingston.

  • Man in trouble again at Bowers

    Staying away from Bowers Elementary School is becoming a problem for Jim Estes. The 47-year-old was arrested this week for violating an order of protection.
    According to the Roane County Sheriff’s Office report, the order prohibits Estes from having contact with his son, a student at Bowers, except for supervised visits.
    The report said his son was sitting on the floor in the lunchroom when Estes showed up at the school on Tuesday.

  • Deputy awarded Medal of Valor

    Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy Brandon Smith has no idea what the water temperature was at 5 a.m. on Nov. 18. 
     “I just know it was cold, very cold.” he said
    The chill didn’t stop him from entering Watts Bar Lake to help a man who drove his car into the water.
    “That was just my initial reaction,” Smith said. “Go in and try to save the guy.”
    The man was saved, and Smith was recently honored for his heroic efforts.

  • New hospital ready to open

    Roane Medical Center’s new Midtown facility is almost ready to open. The finishing touches are being put on the state-of-the-art medical complex.
    “We move patients on Feb. 17. It is on a Sunday morning bright and early,” said Gaye Jolly, Roane Medical Center administrator.
    Before then, the hospital will have a public open house on Sunday, Feb. 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
    The celebration will include remarks from Tony Spezia, Covenant Health president and chief executive officer, as well as Jolly.


    Mark Anthony Ferguson, the man charged with domestic assault for allegedly attacking his grandmother, lived at 380 Allison Drive, Harriman. A front-page story that appeared in the Jan. 21 edition incorrectly stated his address.

  • Social media experiment on storm deemed successful

    The Roane County Highway Department and Roane County Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security reached out on social media like Facebook to update residents on road conditions and weather updates during two recent winter weather events.
    Particularly last week, when icy rain hit the region, the two agencies updated their respective Facebook accounts frequently with information on various road conditions, accidents and news on changing weather.